Frequently Asked Questions



Checking Items Out

Chromebooks do not come with a wireless hotspot. If you need a hotspot, you can check one out here.

Yes, you can checkout a hotspot from KPL’s Library of Things.

As part of the DAFA program, hotspots are available for eligible KPS students who currently don’t have access to the Internet. Students can check out a hotspot using their OneCard at the Central location.

 

For more info on DAFA: Digital Access For All — Kalamazoo Public Library (kpl.gov)

Info on checking out a Chromebook can be found here: Check Out a Chromebook — Kalamazoo Public Library (kpl.gov)  

Any location except for the Alma Powell Branch.

Eligible recipients are those students/households that indicated a need for internet access in a Spring 2020 survey conducted by Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS).  Those students will be notified by KPS prior to the distribution dates by mail and phone. Only one device per street address and residence will be permitted. Hotspots will be checked out to students for the entire school year on their OneCard.

To find out if you are on the eligible recipient list, call Kalamazoo Public Library at (269) 553-7955.

If you are not on the list, but believe you are eligible for a future distribution, please call Kalamazoo Public Schools at (269) 337-1129.

Services

Categories: Services, Tech Services

You may bring in your own .STL file and request your print. 

 

The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

Categories: Services, Tech Services

To reserve a computer in the Idea Lab, please call 269-553-7014.

Categories: Services, Tech Services

No, you may print as a guest.  

Categories: Services, Tech Services

Please note: Keep track of the username/card number you enter when you submit your print job. You’ll need this to release your print job.

From your web browser:
You will want to use our mobile page for printing wirelessly, you can print PDF and most other file types: Mobile Printing

By email:
To print an email message or attachment, simply forward your email to:

B&W Printer:tbs-kpl- [email protected]

Color Printer: [email protected]

You will be sent release instructions which can be used to retrieve your printouts.

Print jobs will be stored for printing in person for 24 hours. After 24 hours, you have to reupload to be able to print. 

Categories: Services, Tech Services

Idea Lab times and a form for requesting an appointment time for the 3D printer can be found here.

An assistant will be there to help you. Only designated library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer and be authorized to operate it.

 

Categories: Services, Tech Services

Maker Lab

  • Nomad 883 Pro CNC Mill
  • FormLabs 3D Resin Printer
  • Snapmaker 3-1 (Laser Engraver, 3D Printer and CNC Mill)
  • Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer

Video Lab

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Lightroom, Adobe Premiere, & more)
  • Wacom Drawing Tablets
  • Camtasia: Screen Recorder and Video Editor
  • Animaker: DIY Animation Software

Audio Lab

  • Arturia Music Keyboards
  • Yeti Microphones
  • Garageband
  • Logic Pro

Please note that the 6 available computers are all 21.5″ 4K iMacs.

KPL Staff is available to assist you in learning how to use any of the programs or tools listed above.


Digitization services are also available in the Local History Room at the Central location.

Reservations can be made by calling (269) 553-7824.

Categories: Services, Tech Services

Our printer can accommodate files up to 5.7” length x 5.7” width x 6.9” height.  

Categories: Services, Tech Services

Central Library, third floor
315 S. Rose St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 553-7826 | Contact
Directions, Parking

 

Tech Services

Categories: Services, Tech Services

You may bring in your own .STL file and request your print. 

 

The library reserves the right to refuse any 3D print request.

Categories: Services, Tech Services

To reserve a computer in the Idea Lab, please call 269-553-7014.

Categories: Services, Tech Services

No, you may print as a guest.  

Chromebooks do not come with a wireless hotspot. If you need a hotspot, you can check one out here.

Category: Tech Services

KPL provides free access to the Internet via a high speed wireless network (KPLWiFi) at all KPL locations during open hours. Patrons may also borrow wireless hotspots for use outside the library. 

Yes, you can checkout a hotspot from KPL’s Library of Things.

As part of the DAFA program, hotspots are available for eligible KPS students who currently don’t have access to the Internet. Students can check out a hotspot using their OneCard at the Central location.

 

For more info on DAFA: Digital Access For All — Kalamazoo Public Library (kpl.gov)

Category: Tech Services

The library’s computers are available to patrons with a valid Kalamazoo Public Library card or a guest pass. To use one of these computers, enter the number on the back of your library card (without spaces) at the log-in screen. Check with staff if you are unsure about this information. You must login with your own library card or a guest pass when using a library computer.

The Library’s computer tracking program allows each KPL cardholder two (2) hours of computer use each day. Visitors who are ineligible for a KPL card may request one 30-minute guest pass per day. Time extensions may be allowed upon request, based on PC availability.

The program keeps track of the minutes you use on any of the Library’s computers, at any library location. You may divide your allotted time among different computers at any of the library’s locations throughout a day.

If you are observed using a computer that is not running the time-tracking software, you will be asked to properly log in using your library card or guest pass.

Info on checking out a Chromebook can be found here: Check Out a Chromebook — Kalamazoo Public Library (kpl.gov)  

Categories: Services, Tech Services

Please note: Keep track of the username/card number you enter when you submit your print job. You’ll need this to release your print job.

From your web browser:
You will want to use our mobile page for printing wirelessly, you can print PDF and most other file types: Mobile Printing

By email:
To print an email message or attachment, simply forward your email to:

B&W Printer:tbs-kpl- [email protected]

Color Printer: [email protected]

You will be sent release instructions which can be used to retrieve your printouts.

Print jobs will be stored for printing in person for 24 hours. After 24 hours, you have to reupload to be able to print. 

Category: Tech Services

You can reserve a public computer by calling 269-553-7800, or in person with your Library account. 

Categories: Services, Tech Services

Idea Lab times and a form for requesting an appointment time for the 3D printer can be found here.

An assistant will be there to help you. Only designated library staff will have hands-on access to the 3D printer and be authorized to operate it.

 

Category: Tech Services
  • Printing copying is 5 cents per page for black-and-white print-outs and 25 cents per page for color.
  • Scanning to a flash drive or email is free of charge. Library patrons may use the Envisionware Document Station located in the Copy Center (Central Library, 2nd floor behind the Reference Desk).
  • Sending a fax is a free service available at all KPL locations during normal open hours.
Category: Tech Services

All KPL branches have computers that are available for public use at no cost. If you don’t have a library card, guest passes for the computers are always available. 

Category: Tech Services

All of KPL’s public-use computers run on Windows 7 and have the following programs:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Microsoft Office:
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
    • Publisher
    • Word
    • Access
  • Windows Media Player
  • Adobe Reader
  • Calculator
  • Link to Grand Rapids Press
  • Link to Muskegon Chronicle Newspaper
  • Link to Social Security
  • Gimp 2
  • VLC Media
  • CyberLink Power 2 Go
  • Snipping Tool
  • Skype
Categories: Services, Tech Services

Maker Lab

  • Nomad 883 Pro CNC Mill
  • FormLabs 3D Resin Printer
  • Snapmaker 3-1 (Laser Engraver, 3D Printer and CNC Mill)
  • Ender 3 Pro 3D Printer

Video Lab

  • Final Cut Pro
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Lightroom, Adobe Premiere, & more)
  • Wacom Drawing Tablets
  • Camtasia: Screen Recorder and Video Editor
  • Animaker: DIY Animation Software

Audio Lab

  • Arturia Music Keyboards
  • Yeti Microphones
  • Garageband
  • Logic Pro

Please note that the 6 available computers are all 21.5″ 4K iMacs.

KPL Staff is available to assist you in learning how to use any of the programs or tools listed above.


Digitization services are also available in the Local History Room at the Central location.

Reservations can be made by calling (269) 553-7824.

Categories: Services, Tech Services

Our printer can accommodate files up to 5.7” length x 5.7” width x 6.9” height.  

Any location except for the Alma Powell Branch.

Categories: Services, Tech Services

Central Library, third floor
315 S. Rose St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 553-7826 | Contact
Directions, Parking

 

Eligible recipients are those students/households that indicated a need for internet access in a Spring 2020 survey conducted by Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS).  Those students will be notified by KPS prior to the distribution dates by mail and phone. Only one device per street address and residence will be permitted. Hotspots will be checked out to students for the entire school year on their OneCard.

To find out if you are on the eligible recipient list, call Kalamazoo Public Library at (269) 553-7955.

If you are not on the list, but believe you are eligible for a future distribution, please call Kalamazoo Public Schools at (269) 337-1129.

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